In a candid interview with The New York Times, Chadwick Boseman’s older brother, Pastor Derrick Boseman, reveals what may have been their last conversation before the actor died from colon cancer on August 28.
The day before he passed, Chadwick told Pastor Boseman, “Man, I’m in the fourth quarter, and I need you to get me out of the game.”
Though Pastor Boseman asked what he meant, he realized that his younger brother was too tired to clarify. Sadly, Chadwick would succumb to his illness the next day.
“When he told me that, I changed my prayer from, ‘God heal him, God save him,’ to ‘God, let your will be done,’” Pastor Boseman recalled to the newspaper. “And the next day he passed away.”
In the touching piece, both Pastor Boseman and sibling Kevin remember the “Black Panther” star not as a celebrity but as their brother “Chad.”
“You have to start sharing that person with the world,” Kevin said about Chadwick’s notoriety. “I always endeavored to just treat him like my brother.”
While growing up in Anderson, South Carolina, Pastor Boseman knew Chadwick was blessed with artistic ability from an early age.
“Chad was gifted,” the pastor said, noting Chadwick’s ability to draw. “He’s probably the most gifted person I’ve ever met.”
Though their father had doubts about whether Chadwick would succeed in the entertainment industry, Kevin was confident in his brother’s talents.
“A lot of people think making it means becoming an A-list movie star,” Kevin said. “I didn’t force that. I just knew that if Chad wanted to work in the arts, he would find a way and take care of himself.
“He always did his best,” Kevin added. “His best was incredible.”
Despite Chad’s passing, Pastor Boseman said his brother’s career gave hope to the 20,000 citizens of their small town.
“Him being born there is an inspiration that you can come from there and become anything,” the pastor noted.
Per a statement posted to his Twitter page, Chadwick was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 but continued to act in acclaimed films such as “21 Bridges” and “Da 5 Bloods.”
Last month, Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California, unveiled a mural, drawn by artist Nikkolas Smith, honoring Chadwick and his legacy.
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This one is special. My King Chad tribute is now on a wall on display at Downtown Disney. 🐾 It is a full circle moment for me: my final two projects as a Disney Imagineer last summer were working on the Children’s Hospital project and the Avengers Campus. To millions of kids, T'Challa was a legend larger than life, and there was no one more worthy to fill those shoes than Chadwick Boseman. I'm so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick's life and purpose in this way. I am grateful to the Disney family for being so supportive of my journey as an artist. @waltdisneyimagineering @disney @marvelstudios @disneyland 🐾✨ #LongLiveTheKing #KingChad #WakandaForever #Phambili #DowntownDisney #BlackPanther #ChadwickBoseman #RIPChadwick #WDI